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''It can't be said enough that the relationship with Ravensbourne has been extraordinary." Mark Surman, Executive Director Mozilla
''We have found that the Ravensbourne team is enthusiastic, extremely creative and passionate about innovation. The result so far has been magic." Alex Scandurra, Director of Customer Experience, Strategy & Business Development, Barclays.
Ravensbourne have worked closely with Samsung Design Europe's HQ in London for the past three years on a variety of future-gazing projects involving students, postgraduates and academics.
In 2009 a group of Undergraduates worked on 'Future Broadcast’ scenarios. This gave five Ravensbourne students from across different disciplines the opportunity to work within Samsung on a paid, three-month internship innovation project, focused on the future of broadcast media consumption.
The project called for user experience, product design, communication design and broadcasting students to work alongside mentors from the Samsung Design Centre in London.
Their goals were to forecast and analyse user interaction design trends in the digital TV market; develop a roadmap of TV
broadcasting evolution and propose a UI design archetype for 2010-2014.
The project ran for ten weeks from April to August 2009 and included a trip to the Global Design Membership workshop in Seoul, Korea.
Students were paid a salary for the entire project and travel and accommodation in Seoul was funded by Samsung.
"the output that you and the team at Ravensbourne produced will certainly help to fuel new opportunities for Samsung."
In 2010 Samsung Design Europe approached Ravensbourne again, this time to work on ‘Digital Home Appliance Innovation Research & Strategic Design Concept Development’.
"The output that you and the team at Ravensbourne produced will certainly help to fuel new opportunities for Samsung."
During this project four Level 2 Ravensbourne Product Design and Interaction students worked on a live Samsung brief to deliver in depth research and development to provide next step recommendations in relation to the future user experience and interaction potential in relation to the ‘Food Experience’. The team focused on user experience and interaction with Fridge and Oven household appliances. Their goals were to forecast and analyse user interaction design trends in the kitchen; develop their findings and put together future design proposals and recommendations. Feedback from the client on the Ravensbourne approach and team credentials was again positive.
We conducted a much larger R&D project for Samsung in 2011 involving a cross course/cross level team led by academics. This project was under an NDA so sadly we cannot talk about it!
In 2013 Ravensbourne will host the Mozilla Festival for the third consecutive year, a celebration of web-making, coding and hacking split over the entire building and welcoming over 1,000 delegates from around the world.
But the partnership is much more than just an event hire - it's a shared ideology and blends learning and making in a completely unique way to make one huge hackfest.
The BA Web Media course at Ravensbourne is able to involve all three levels of students in the Festival. First year students develop and build websites in Wordpress which cover key strands of the Festival and act as mini-reporters to cover sessions, take photos, tweet and capture content from activity going on over the 48 hours. Second year students build games for children and showcase them at the Science Fair alongside companies like Nokia, Soundcloud and BBC. Third years use the latest plug ins from Mozilla such as Popcorn.js to build games and multimedia content. This year 2nd & 3rd years will run and facilitate sessions at the Festival.
This is not to mention the opportunities for any students to help as volunteers, doing anything from wearing the coveted "Firefox" costume to registration and hospitality - gaining valuable work experience in a stimulating and exciting environment.
Ravensbourne students Michael Ivens, Tracey Murray, Jesper Elleson, Nick Archer and Bence Bilekov were tasked by Barclays to submit preparatory work for a marketing campaign to make young people more aware of money management and help them avoid financial difficulty.
The team, from courses in Content Development, Motion Graphics, Web Media and Digital Film Production, developed the campaign concept ‘Kittens’ (looking after your money needs as much care and attention as looking after a kitten), which was successfully pitched to the Barclays Customer Experience Team.
We were impressed with the creative talent and energy of the Ravensbourne team and by the brilliant ideas generated in such a short time,” said Elisabetta Osta, Director of Insights at the Customer Planning and Innovation unit at Barclays. “Barclays is keen to work with top universities as part of our focus on innovation and in helping support growth in the UK economy,” continues Alex Scandurra, Director of Customer Experience, Strategy & Business Development. “When we met with the team of students, faculty and staff at Ravensbourne we knew we had found a special opportunity to create cool new propositions together for customers whilst providing great opportunities for students and faculty to practice their art. We have found that the Ravensbourne team is enthusiastic, extremely creative and passionate about innovation. The result so far has been magic.”
Marks and Spencer have been working with Ravensbourne over the past four years to help innovate their food and homewares packaging.
Setting a brief for the second year BA Product Design students each year, the Packaging Technology Team open their doors to allow students to see their supply chain, backstage at store and invite students to literally 'think
outside the box' with sustainability and innovation at the heart of the challenge.
The 6-week project includes a visit to Closed Loop Recycling Centre in Dagenham where students see how materials are recycled from all over London and re-used for M&S packaging. They are also introduced to Plan A values and given a lecture by M&S on sustainability.
Students also visit to an M&S store to see how food is delivered, stored and displayed on shelf; giving insight into how robust the packaging must be and how many can fit into a standard crate.
Students have redesigned packaging for everything from pizza, sandwiches, salads, Easter eggs, biscuits, and bacon and innovated existing shirt, perfume and celebration cake packaging. Winners each year go on to a 6-month paid placement at M&S which includes travel to suppliers and trade shows both nationally and internationally.
This enables them to experience all the issues that a product designer would face - including responding to a brief, selling their designs and sketches internally, responding to a brief, working closely with category managers, modelmakers and suppliers and presenting final work.
''We’ve had close links with Ravensbourne for a number of years and have sponsored several students to do six month placements at M&S. That collaboration has enabled us to bring products to market that would never have launched without the student’s vision, creativity and technical ability to design and mock up a multitude of packaging concepts. We’ve undoubtedly benefitted from our relationship with Ravensbourne and hope it continues in the future." Simon Oxley, Marks and Spencer
Last year Jack Raison won a prestigious packaging design award at the UK Packaging awards for his Easter egg design which went on shelf in 2012 and again in 2013.
Colt, a global telecommunications company, recently turned to Ravensbourne to begin a programme of training for their technical and sales support staff on television equipment and systems. They wanted to find out what technologies are being used in TV production, distribution and transmission, from cameras to optical fibres, and what all the buzz words often used by TV techniciansand engineers actually mean.
Ravensbourne lecturer Martin Uren designed a 5-day programme of workshops, including half a day making a multi-camera studio production. This meant that thecourse delegates could see first-hand what is involved in making broadcast television programmes, how the equipment and systems are used, right from the studio camera to viewers’ homes.
A complete mobile digital TV studio was constructed for the course, and this new teaching facility will allow future technical training courses to take place in a wide variety of locations.
The course was a great success, with delegates praising the mix of hands-on practical and technical discussions.
"A great introduction into the world of Broadcast Media and a valuable insight into the cultural differences between telco and Broadcast"
''It has been a great privilege to be on this course. Learned a great deal, will certainly help"
On Monday 2nd July 2012, Ravensbourne hosted the "I, Cinna" event. This brought together the talents of students from a wide range of course backgrounds, as well as providing a rich collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Cisco, educational network provider Janet, and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The event was based around a lm of a play by Tim Crouch, who has produced a series of works that pull out minor characters from Shakespearean classics and tell their stories." I, Cinna (The Poet)" focuses on a character from 'Julius Caesar', Cinna (The Poet), and recounts his struggle with words and their relation to political strife. Ravensbourne students shot and edited the lm of the play, using a 4K RED digital lm camera to produce an entirely professional piece of video.
But the event was so much more than just a lm of a play you can watch over the Internet. The I, Cinna lm was embedded into a live studio event hosted by former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq, who chaired a discussion with Tim Crouch, the lm’s actor Jude Owusu, and popular children’s author Malorie Blackman. This live TV studio production was entirely run by Ravensbourne students using Ravensbourne facilities.
Streaming into secondary schools across the UK via Janet’s servers, the event was watched by nearly 9,000 students. Their teachers had used the materials available on the I, Cinna microsite (www.icinna.org.uk, which is no longer publicly accessible) to prepare their students for the experience. This site was designed and built by Ravensbourne students, according to the specification provided by the Royal Shakespeare
The site was also the focus of the live event.
During the play, students were invited to write their own poems, and the microsite provided a space where these could be uploaded, displayed, and viewed. The microsite also hosted a live instant chat engine, which could be used during the event to send questions to the panel for the post- lm question and answer session. Also during the event, which received rave reviews from teachers and students alike, Minister of Culture Ed Vaizey watched proceedings alongside students at the Phoenix school in Shepherds Bush. His feedback was very positive indeed, and the project was featured in a long article in the Evening Standard.
The event was an incredible success, and illustrates what is possible when different media are blended together, also the capability that Ravensbourne has to stage an event of this magnitude. Ravensbourne will host a similar event in November 2013 which this time is around 'Richard II', featuring David Tennant.
Turner Broadcasting were recently faced with a huge challenge to upskill their staff ahead of the launch of their HD channel in September.
After close consultation with both the training, HR and broadcast operations teams Ravensbourne designed a bespoke comprehensive 5 day course with interactive tutorials and hands on workshops for engineers and all relevant staff.
The content covered the history of HD and surround sound, video compression and HD and Broadcast technologies in depth.
The course was received very well with delegates praising the mix of hands-on practical and technical discussions.
''Excellently presented, fabulous anecdotes. Has inspired me to do further study"
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